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Small Gods ❄ [KINDLE] ✽ Small Gods By Terry Pratchett ➝ – Just because you can't explain it doesn't mean it's a miracle' Religion is a controversial business in the Discworld Everyone has their own opinion and indeed their own gods Who come in all shapes and Just because you can't explain it doesn't mean it's a miracle' Religion is a controversial business in the Discworld Everyone has their own opinion and indeed their own gods Who come in all shapes and sizes In such a competitive environment there is a pressing need to make one's presence felt And it's certainly not remotely helpful to be reduced to be appearing in the form of a tortoise a manifestation far below god like status in anyone's book In such instances you need an acolyte and fast Preferably one who won't ask too many uestions.

  • Paperback
  • 400 pages
  • Small Gods
  • Terry Pratchett
  • English
  • 09 June 2014
  • 9780552152976

About the Author: Terry Pratchett

Born Terence David John Pratchett Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen which earned him enough money to buy a second hand typewriter His first novel a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People appeared in from the publisher Colin Smythe Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels i.

10 thoughts on “Small Gods

  1. Mario the lone bookwolf Mario the lone bookwolf says:

    It´s one of Pratchett´s best works retelling what has happened happens and will happen as soon as faith goes mad uncontrolled and vicious tries to expand it´s sphere of influence and doesn´t care about the foundations and rules contradicting its own commandmentsThe idea of the manifested power of belief imagination and prayers is an often seen trope in fantasy and sci fi in this case defined by the simple formula of believers power But it can go many directions for instance mind viruses and plagues infecting other faiths systems programming errors turning the persons mad fractions trying to manipulate to get the most beliefs different ways of psi magic and fantasy systems to control harvest and use the power for peace and war combining it with technology etcIt´s great how the deity view spoileris irritated by the way humans invented many rules holy books misused its name for product placement and branding institutionalized torture and holy wars and in general didn´t take the advice it gave to them seriously The it gets to know about the real world the shocked and disgusted it is hide spoiler

  2. Chris Chris says:

    This was the first Pratchett book I read and I'm glad of it While it has the humor and satire that is inherent in all of the Discworld books it also has something else something to say It was evident even from the first time I read this book that Pratchett had put some real heavy thinking into itThis book is as the title suggests about gods Where do they come from? Where do they go? What keeps them moving? Ordinarily gods don't like this sort of uestion People who think are not what gods look for in followers Gods want people who believe That's where their power comes from Gods with many believers are stong great gods Armies of priests and worshipers attend to their every needs the sacrifices are plentiful and their dominion is vast A great God wants for nothingA god with no believers however is a small god a mindless thought blistering through the firmament searching with single minded fervor for one thing a believerWhat happens then when a Great God finds out that while he wasn't looking he lost all of his believers? That's the thrust of this tale the story of the Great God Om and how he became a tortoise for three years It's about the difference between what is real and what is believed in and how much difference that can make at times It's about fundamental and trivial truths and how to tell them apart It's about eagles and tortoises and how much they need each otherAbove all it's something of in my opinion a statement of faith Many people ask me if I am religious and I tell them no That's partly due to this book and the thinking that it made me do Spiritual? Sure Religious? NoThis is as I said the story of the Great God Om who discovered about 300 feet above the ground that he had been a tortoise for the last three years Before this mid air revelation he had been just chewing at melons and wondering where the next lettuce patch was Suddenly all the self awareness of a Great God was put into his head as well as the knowledge that he was probably about to die Om had intended to manifest as a bull or a pillar of fire something much majestic and Godly but for some reason that hadn't worked He had become a tortoiseNow in the presence of Brutha a novice in the Church of the Great God Om the god remembers who he was and discovers that he's in a lot of troubleThe Church of the Great God Om There's something to talk about Many people believe upon reading it that it's an allegory for the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages The Omnian Church permits no heresy It permits no sin no disbelief Violating the precepts of Om and His Prophets can lead to death in a lingering and painful manner The uisition cannot be wrong for was it not Om Himself who put suspicion into their minds? It's a tactic that has been used by many religions over the years often to justify acts that they know their god would not approve ofI don't believe that Pratchett was trying to take a stab at the Catholics in this book It's just an unfortunate coincidence that the Omnians and the Catholics bear a few points of similarity A rigid hierarchy for example A penchant at one point or another for extracting confessions by any means necessary is another It's all very efficient and effectiveThere's a problem though as is pointed out by Brutha late in the book if you beat a donkey with a stick long enough the stick becomes all that the donkey believes in At that point neither gods nor believers benefit The only people benefiting are those wielding the stick Instead of becoming a tool for inspiration the church becomes a tool for terror People do not obey their god out of love they obey their church out of fearThis is the kind of church that could produce the Deacon Vorbis head of the Exuisitors He is one of those men who would turn the world on its back just to see what would happen He is everything that is wrong with the Church and unfortunately it seems that he is in line to be the Eighth Prophet In other words Omnia is not a nice place to live Its church is vast its god is small and neighboring nations want to take it down a few pegs It's up to Brutha and his God to change the course of historyAs I said there was a lot of thought put into this novel as well as Pratchett's usual hidden research For example Brutha is called a Great dumb ox by his classmates due to his size and apparent lack of intellect The same epithet was thrown at Thomas Auinas by his classmates and he was canonized less than a century after his death Like Auinas Brutha is not dumb He is simply slow and careful in how he thinks and his measured pace leads him far surely to the truth than the hot headed and passionate men who march with himSome people read this book as an attack on religion Others see it as a defense of personal faith I think Terry had a story to tell and perhaps a point to make The beauty of books such as these is that they can be whatever you want them to be For me it came as a kind of defense of gods Humans the book suggests need gods Now there is a growing atheist community out there who disagree with that idea and I can definitely see where they're coming from As I've said many times I'm not entirely sold on the god idea yet But the gods that are rampant in the Discworld aren't the kinds of gods that the atheists and the true believers fight over the omnipotent creator of Everything They are gods who are controlled by humans who exist with humans in a kind of co dependent relationship Humans need gods and gods need humans In its way this kind of theology makes gods realistic to me I can't say for sure whether a god or gods exist but if they did I think I could live with this kind of arrangementWhat this book definitely is in any case is good Very good If you haven't read it do so If you have read it do yourself a favor and read it again Around the Godde there forms a Shelle of prayers and Ceremonies and Buildings and Priestes and Authority until at Laste the Godde Dies Ande this maye notte be noticed from the writings of the philosopher Abraxis Small Gods

  3. Lyn Lyn says:

    One of Pratchett’s best Discworld novelsPratchett delivers a brilliant parody of religion in this early the 13th standalone In the land of Omnia the great god Om is worshiped and all who don’t are subject to the uisition – a satire of the politicaltheological Inuisition His high priest Vorbis controls all with fear of holy retributionBut is it Om or his religion that controls?The great god Om has a problem Historically taking the shape of animals like bulls or majestic predators he finds himself stuck in the shape of a tortoise Seems no one actually believes in him The citizens of Omnia are fearful of his autocratic sect that him as a godWhile Neil Gaiman explored this theme better in his archetypal novel American Gods Pratchett also has some fun with the idea that a god exists because of the number of people who believe In Small Gods only lowly novice Brutha truly believes in Om and Pratchett fashions a story around the strange relationship between the twoFeaturing Pratchett’s signature humor and superb writing Discworld fans will also enjoy time with Lu Tze The Librarian Death very likable protagonist Brutha and the introduction of the Diogenes like philosopher Didactylos This scathing satire on religion is one of his darker Discworld outings but also one of his best

  4. Natalia Yaneva Natalia Yaneva says:

    Bulgarian review belowРевюто на български е по долу“YOU HAVE PERHAPS HEARD THE PHRASE he said THAT HELL IS OTHER PEOPLE?”“Yes Yes of course”Death nodded“IN TIME he said YOU WILL LEARN THAT IT IS WRONG”It makes you contemplate so many things Beyond religion too There were so many passages when I was musing ‘It’s like this thought has sprung out of my head but it’s written a hundred times better than I would have said it’The book is a splendid metaphor for religion All gods are small until you believe in them Until you are the one that allows them to grow God is not some vague anthropomorphic manifestation it’s not an incarnation of all your fears and the absolution of all your sins and it’s not the institution that pretends it toils in the name of His glory It’s not even the small turtle which have suddenly lost all its followers You are God No you are not ordinary You are as grand as you believe And you are capable of as much as you believe End of story „– МОЖЕ БИ СИ ЧУВАЛ ИЗРАЗА ЧЕ АДЪТ – ТОВА СА ДРУГИТЕ ХОРА?– Да да разбира сеСмърт кимна– С ВРЕМЕТО – рече той – ЩЕ РАЗБЕРЕШ ЧЕ НЕ Е ПРАВИЛЕН“Кара те да се замисляш за твърде много неща И извън религията На толкова места се удивлявах „Това все едно е моя мисъл но е написано стотици пъти по добре отколкото бих го казала аз“Книгата е великолепна метафора на религията Всички боговете са малки докато не повярваш в тях Докато не им позволиш ти самият да пораснат Бог не е някакво смътно антропоморфно проявление не е инкарнацията на всичките ти страхове и опрощението на всичките ти грехове не е и институцията която умело се прави че неуморно работи в Негова възхвала Не е дори малката костенурка която ненадейно е изгубила последователите си Бог си ти Не ти не си обикновен Ти си толкова колкото вярваш И можеш толкова колкото вярваш Точка

  5. Adrian Adrian says:

    So this is book 13 in my continuing monthly saga of reading all the Discworld novels And what a good entry in the saga this wasAs an aside i am a little behind in my reading timetable as I was meant to finish this in January My challenge shows me ahead but that is only because I listened to a number of Agatha Christie dramatisations whilst my wife and I were decorating painting inside the houseAnyway back to Small Gods This is in someway slightly different to most of the other Discworld novels I have read so far in my humble opinion Most all ? of the previous reads have involved some sort of parody of Earth culture in some fashion or another This whilst all about religion which is of course a major part of Earth's culture doesn't really parody at all which may be a good thing 😊This book is based on the wonderful premiss that a God is view spoiler only as powerful omnipotent as the number of believers heshe has not followers but true believers Hmmm I wonder what that would do to Earth religions? So when a God that at one point was probably First or even Premier League football soccer sorry analogy falls on hard times in terms of believers in fact falls on SUCH hard times that he is only left with ONE believer tries to make a comeback well chaos ensues That is the normal Sir Terry Discworld chaos that ensues hide spoiler

  6. Ms. Smartarse Ms. Smartarse says:

    The high and mighty Om has been stuck as a tortoise for over three years now Odd really that this should happen with a country full of zealous believers at His disposal They're devout enough to wage war in His name At the same time they seem to have trouble hearing His reuest for lettuce leaves with the except for Brutha the most simple minded of them allIn dire need of protection from non believing eagles our tiny little Om as a tortoise will take what He can get where He can get it As diplomatic destinations go one could do much worse than Ephebe home to a vast number of thinkers and the occasional brilliant inventionSmall Gods was not particularly high up on my Discworld reread list like a task to be ticked off on the way to interesting books Something that I could see being useful to open other people's eyes about organized religionI for one have already done the fervent little believer who worries that the Almighty has seen her wish to do her long put off chores on Sundaysor the spiteful atheist who will strive to insert twice as many mean spirited remarks as anyone else into all her interactions with the devoutonly to become an occasional eye roller and constant exasperated sigherand I did it all in heelsOh OK they were wedges but my point ha stands I've done it already felt sufficiently ashamed of it and it was now time to turn to practical pursuits But then little by little the characters started to grow on me and I suddenly found myself so hooked that I devoured the whole book within a dayWhile the uisition department's tortures the mindless religious bigotry and power hungry coups d'état all left me in various states of disgust when the narrative perspective would switch to Brutha I was ready to swing my metaphorical pom poms his way Brutha's simple minded yet thoughtful way of believing was so touching especially because I was expecting him to do a 180 character change with each of his fervently held beliefs that came crashing downHaving recently finished a children's book whose love thy enemies message left me utterly nonplussed I was pleasantly surprised to find myself earnestly hoping that Brutha's kindness would eventually pay off even though I would've been happy to have the main antagonist drop dead at any momentScore 485 starsI have to admit that I did end up skimming through some of the philosophical passages in favor of the action packed scenes but all in all I can't say I was ever bored As a matter of fact I even cried at the climactic moment which is highly unusual for mePS Fans of Carpe Jugulum should definitely read this in order to have a better understanding of the legends surrounding the prophet Brutha

  7. Trish Trish says:

    One of the Discworld novels that doesn't belong to any character sub series Small Gods is nevertheless one of the best ones I've read so farTerry Pratchett was a humanist That is to say he wasn't religious He apparently distinguished between religion as in religious institutions such as The Church and faith as in what people believe in their own hearts and minds and was especially critical of the former I'm much the same Personally I find religion silly period It has had its place in the evolution of mankind surely but not nowadays And yet look around I keep hearing people talk about all the good this or that person or institution is doing for religious reasons and maybe some are but they are not the norm and many do it for ulterior reasons anyway eg wanting to get recognition for what they are doing or being afraid of some form of hell or whateverThis and are points Sir Terry is addressing in this book as wellWe meet Brutha a novice in the temple of the Great God Om The problem? Well for starters Brutha might be honest to a fault and have an impeccable memory but he also just wants peace which he is unlikely to get to enjoy since he's been chosen as the new Prophet And then there is the tiny problem of The Great God Om who is speaking to Brutha currently being trapped in the body of a cute little tortoiseIn a world full of gods and saints and whatnot with almost everyone believing something else they have to find a way to restore Om to His Former Glory and possibly make things a little better in Brutha's home country and some neighbouring ones as wellAuthoritarian systems the Discworld version of the Inuisition gods saints demons lions eagles philosophers priests and some mysterious monks safeguarding history The reader gets a wide cast of characters that are all tragically funny and always spot on when it comes to condemning wilfull ignorance and promoting free will Pratchett nails it with his snarky and bone dry observations on religious upbringing I should know because despite being an atheisthumanist I was born into a Roman Catholic family In his signature funny and light way he shows how these oppressive systems work often so that those trapped in them don't even realize it Moreover he makes valid points such as that either you do nice good things because you want to and because it's the right thing to do or you shouldn't bother However despite all that the book is never preachy see what I did there? ;P or boring On the contrary the mad romp through several hitherto unseen countries on the disc was delightful and fast paced and I was constantly laughing about the clumsiness and bad luck of Om and Brutha

  8. BlackOxford BlackOxford says:

    Winning in HeavenPratchett at his theological best there are many gods varying in size and power depending on the numbers who believe in them The obvious theologicaleconomic issue which then arises is 'How does a small god survive?' Stiff competition calls for creative solutions

  9. Melki Melki says:

    The trouble with being a god is that you've got no one to pray toWhat good is being a god when you're stuck in the body of a lowly tortoise and your only follower is an uneducated melon hoer?Yep it sucks to be OmNow imagine poor Brutha's disappointment One day he's uietly minding his melons the next he's on some wild adventure with a smart ass tortoise who insists he's a god even though THIS god is NOTHING like the prophets said he would be For one thing he doesn't have horns; for another this so called god can't even remember MEETING the prophets The Prophet HashimiNever met the manOh? Oh? So I suppose you didn't give him the Book of Creation then?What Book of Creation?You mean you don't know?NoThen who gave it to him?I don't know Perhaps he wrote it himselfWhoa A blasphemous god You don't meet one of those every dayThese little exchanges between Om and Brutha are priceless Opened my eyesmy eyeand I was a tortoiseWhy?How should I know? I don't know lied the tortoiseBut youyou're omnicognisant said BruthaThat doesn't mean I know everythingBrutha bit his lip Um Yes It doesI've always had a fondness for characters who are forced to hold conversations with entities that no one else can see Hilarity freuently ensues as everyone else assumes you're talking to yourself and therefore just a bit batty Does anyone besides me remember My Partner the Ghost?This is not Pratchett's funniest book but there's still a lot to love here Just about everyone and every thing is mocked and that's always good for us all I'll let Brutha have the final word You know I used to think I was stupid and then I met philosophersAmen Brother Brutha

  10. Bradley Bradley says:

    I'm upping my ranking from a four to a five just because this tickled me much better the second time around Re read from about 15 years ago and somehow satisfying now than it was then Why? Om I don't know Flying turtles kinda rock my world This is a total Moses coming out of the desert kind of tale only the GREAT GOD OM is a tiny turtle with only one believer and the kid is kinda hopeless but a god's gotta do what a god's gotta do Get Believers On DISCWORLDSo yeah it's kindof a mess traveling from the city of believers who don't believe in anything to the city of philosophers who believe in ignorance to the deep desert where there are a bunch of destitute almost ex gods who've seen much much better daysThe humor is the best part Of course I mean it IS Pratchett So glad I got to re read this one in particular Religion has a really huge target painted on its back And people Especially people

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